Nitrogen Oxides

Published: | Updated: May 10, 2017

Definition - What does Nitrogen Oxides mean?

Nitrogen oxides are gaseous compounds consisting of nitrogen and oxygen. Nitric oxide (NO), Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Nitrous oxide (N2O) are products of combustion and contribute to climate change, the formation of ground-level ozone and acid rain.

Safeopedia explains Nitrogen Oxides

Various industrial processes produce or use Nitrogen oxides. Exposure to high levels of these gases can cause headaches, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, unconsciousness, genetic mutations, asthma attacks, permanent lung damage or even death. As a result of the workplace hazards of nitrogen oxides, various sampling protocols and safety measures govern certain industries and processes. The EPA has also published regulations pertaining to nitrogen oxide emissions. The primary source of this pollutant is vehicle exhaust fumes.

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